Teen and dating
It seems the media loves to follow major flooding, snow storms and hurricanes as if death and destruction were the coolest thing around! No matter how troubling those stories are, we know God is in control of nature. Only doing what God tells us...obedience to the Bible..glorify Him. The next few days you'll notice many of the lessons cover a lot more areas of life than just dating. In your life...including your dating life..need to ask God first. That said...let's talk about some principles about teen dating. God talks about His close relationship with His people (v. I didn't mean for this to be "Intro to French." And that's not literally what that phrase means anyway. Stick with me.) these words carry the idea that government isn't to interfere in places it doesn't belong. Too many times I've seen teen couples with their hands all over each other..in public no less! Notice verse two talks about everyone having their own spouse. Some day he or she may become someone else's husband or wife. And it's quite clear in Exodus that God is talking to all people..just children. This is especially true while you're living with them and obeying them as well.
But first...a quick message from our commercial sponsor... Every relationship you have should first honor and glorify God. I'm talking about every aspect of your life should be based on biblical principles. It does talk about relationships though...including teen dating. Before you engage in physical contact...remember that the person you're becoming intimate with may not be your spouse. We find what Paul is talking about in Exodus which says... It's almost the same...right down to the promise at the end which Paul talks about in verse three in Ephesians. Honour doesn't necessarily mean "obey" like in verse one. No matter where you are in life..should always honor your parents. They even know a lot more than you do no matter what you think.
A flurry of other books dealing with teen dating came out a short time later. So...dating, if done to God's satisfaction, can be a relationship that not only honors God but also helps you draw close to Him through the person you're dating. No book, TV show or magazine will give you the truth regarding teen dating. You don't need the problems of a close relationship right now. Don't get sloppy in your dating relationship by going too fast. Going too slow more than likely won't hurt your dating life. Don't forget what Proverbs 19:2 said..one who hastens (that is goes too fast) will ultimately find himself (or herself) wading waist-deep in sinful sludge. Let's look at a few that will help us untangle this teen dating thing... Another way to put it would be..."You hang out with spiritual losers..become A SPIRITUAL LOSER." This is not to say we shouldn't have casual contact with unbelievers. Working with young people for the last decade, I've seen this play out a lot. Teen starts dating girl/guy of questionable character. Teen is confronted by the spiritual leader in his/her life (such as pastor, youth group leader..get the picture.) 3. That counts more than outward appearance in relationships... You're only deceiving yourself if you do anything else. And they were teenagers in teen dating relationships at one time. What you do with the life God has given you....that's the gift you give back to Him. Read...study...apply God's Word to your life...especially when it comes to teen dating.
) The storm of outrage against dating produced a book that encouraged teens to "kiss" teen dating goodbye and go with another option. God doesn't look down on relationships that honor and glorify Him. "Haste makes waste." I doubt the person who said this had dating in mind..it definitely applies. But I will tell you there are a few verses in there that come very close to saying that about teen dating! Hanging around with bad company will harm us spiritually. Teen declares he/she can "change" that person or lead them to Christ or... But rememer the verse above..doesn't work that way. If their character is flawed, they're spiritually ugly and weak. Date Christians who have proven their Christian character. The truth is...they've done a whole lot more living than you have. Don't feed your soul only once or twice a week at church...
Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence. If you're a guy..a Christian girl who you know has God's will in view. It's your spiritual meals that keep your soul alive.